Senator Ali Ndume (All Progressives Congress - Borno South) considers that the rescue of about 1000 people by the Nigerian military shows that Boko Haram terrorism wasn't stated managed.
Ndume spoke with reporters on Wednesday, May 6, in Abuja. The APC senator said the women and children were rescued from villages seized by the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, mainly in Borno state.
He said: ''It is not stage managed. See, what happened actually, we have so many villages scattered around Sambisa and the villages that are in Gworza. So, most of these villages, they ran and left behind their wives and little children thinking that the activity of insurgents is very temporary, that they will run somewhere, hide and come back to their families.
''Unfortunately, we did not see the end of it getting to a year now and as a result they exhausted their food, they cannot move. So, they were staying at the mercy of Boko Haram that were occupying those places; now when the military moved in to these places, they only met these girls and small children and very elderly people.
''And when the military took over those places, because there’s no food, no shelter, no water supplies, the best thing was for the military to rescue them, take them to rehabilitation centre or the IDP camps where they will be given medical attention.
''Where they will be given necessary nutritional foods that they will need and then where they will be able find their relatives and reunite with them.’’
Ndume expressed optimism that the activities of insurgents would soon become a thing of the past.
''We are very hopeful that sooner than later, that the issue of Boko Haram we will put it behind and concentrate on reconstruction and rehabilitation and even reconciliation. What is remaining virtually is cleaning up the Sambisa base of the Boko Haram and then cleaning up the roads, access roads going to various villages that I understand have been polluted with Land Mines.
''Most of the towns have been completely destroyed. My house has been burnt down completely.’’
Nigerian army has freed 25 more children and women from Boko Haram. The news appeared on Wednesday in a statement by Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the army spokesman.
Many of the freed women were impregnated while in custody.